Putting women on the write path






Aweekend of writing workshops especially for women and those who want to explore the collaboration between writing in te reo Ma¯ori and English will be held in Maketu¯ next month. Maketu¯ writer Angie Belcher says while there are workshops in the wider Bay of Plenty, the Maketu¯/te Puke area often misses out. “Likewise, there is very little happening locally that encourages Ma¯ori women to write or guide those with te reo on the different ways to use their skills and creativity to tell their own stories,” she says. Workshop leaders include: Jenny Argante (poet, editor), Bridgette Tapsell (Nga¯ ti Whakaue, Nga¯ti Pikiao and founder and CEO of Whare PR), author Rebecca Larsen, Ma¯ori adviser and translator Justin Kereama (Tu¯hoe) and writer Tepehi Mccauley (Nga¯ti Kirima). The workshops are for everyone regardless of age or ability. For those needing confidence a pre-workshop drop-in session will be held at the Maketu¯ Community Centre on September 14. The workshops take place over the weekend of September 17 and 18 and are free to those living in Maketu¯ through the generosity of the Wright Family Foundation and Maketu¯ Rotary, with a small charge for those attending who live outside the area. Foundation CEO Chloe Wright will be speaking at Maketu¯ Rotary's August 15 meeting in the community centre at 7pm. To register and for more information, contact angiebelcher@gmail.com or text 02102488981.